D-backs stay hot with win over Padres in Nelson’s shutout debut
SAN DIEGO (AP) — Arizona right-hander Ryne Nelson was brilliant in his big league debut, allowing just four hits in seven innings and retiring 17 straight batters at one point to lead the Diamondbacks over the San Diego Padres 5-0 on Monday.
The 24-year-old Nelson (1-0) allowed Jurickson Profar’s leadoff double in the first, then didn’t permit another runner until Profar doubled into the right field corner with two outs in the sixth and took third on a throwing error by Jake McCarthy.
Profar was stranded when Juan Soto flied out weakly to center and slammed his bat down in frustration.
The Padres had runners on first and second with two outs in the seventh before designated hitter Matt Beaty, batting just .095, flied out weakly to right.
Nelson struck out seven and walked none on 87 pitches.
The Diamondbacks selected Nelson’s contract from Triple-A Reno. He was a second-round pick in the 2019 amateur draft. He was 10-5 with a 5.43 ERA in 26 starts with the Aces this season.
Arizona won for the ninth time in 11 games. San Diego, which came in with a half-game lead over Philadelphia for the NL’s second wild-card spot, lost its third straight game.
Fellow Diamondbacks rookie Stone Garrett hit a solo homer off Steven Wilson with two outs in the seventh for a 2-0 lead. It was his third.
Garrett doubled off Blake Snell (6-8) with two outs in the second and scored on Alek Thomas’ double.
Christian Walker hit a two-run single in the eighth off Nick Martinez. Thomas added a a sacrifice fly in the ninth.
Snell struck out 10 in six innings while allowing one run on four hits. He walked one.
The Padres handed out free bottled water and sunblock due to a heat wave that has gripped San Diego. It was 87 degrees at first pitch at 3:41 p.m.
Padres manager Bob Melvin said LHP Sean Manaea will miss his next start Friday night at home against the Los Angeles Dodgers in hopes that it will “rejuvenate the arm a little bit.” Manaea allowed eight runs and nine hits over 4 1/3 innings while allowing three home runs in a 12-1 loss at Dodger Stadium on Saturday night. Manaea has given up 14 runs total in consecutive starts against the Kansas City Royals and Dodgers. Melvin said Manaea likely will be skipped just the one start.
Diamondbacks: Recalled INF Yonny Hernandez from Triple-A Reno and placed him on the 60-day injured list with a strained left calf.
Padres: Placed INF Brandon Drury on seven-day concussion list, retroactive to Saturday, and activated C Jorge Alfaro (right knee inflammation) from the 10-day injured list.
Diamondbacks RHP Merrill Kelly (12-5, 2.84 ERA) and Padres RHP Joe Musgrove (9-6, 3.01) are scheduled to start Tuesday night in the middle game of the series.